To Eco Or Not To Eco
An interesting question it is for those clients looking to build, renovate or develop land. I'll be honest here and say most of my clients although knowing i am a sustainable designer do not even ponder this question. After all they just want to get through the process in one piece within budget. Thinking Eco usually means adding more cost.
But as i discussed with a new client only yesterday, it doesn't have to. thinking Eco is as simple as thinking logically about how you go about designing your project.
These particular clients have a small budget of only $150,000. not a lot to work with on the renovation of a duplex federation home in Malvern East, but in reality. it is enough for them to achieve what they want if they are willing to work logically & not emotionally with what we do on the project.
Simple things like a simplified brief & a willingness to compromise on layout in order to ensure the structure is more cost effective to build will reduce the chances of a project going over budget.
From an Eco design point of view it is once again all about common sense. windows located where breezes will flow from. use of materials that allow for greater insulation on western walls. the use of window screens or eaves in a home. perhaps the most cost effective difference you can make to your design is bulking up insulation in your roof.
Also look at double glazed windows on the warmer sides of your home & louver windows where the cooler side of the house is to aid airflow. another logical Eco design idea is to have high windows close to your ceiling or even on the roof which can aid in venting the hot air from within the home in summer. combined with a ceiling fan this is a cost effective cooling method.
All of these suggestions if implemented correctly should not add a great deal of cost to the development & in the long run will aid in reducing your dependency on mechanical heating & cooling thus aiding the environment with a reduced carbon footprint.